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n. pl. mi·ka·dos
An emperor of Japan.

[Japanese : mi-, honorific pref. + kado, gate.]


n, pl -dos
(Historical Terms) (often capital) archaic the Japanese emperor. Compare tenno
[C18: from Japanese, from mi- honourable + kado gate]


(mɪˈkɑ doʊ)

n., pl. -dos.
(sometimes cap.) a title of the emperor of Japan.
[1720–30; < Japanese]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mikado - the emperor of Japanmikado - the emperor of Japan; when regarded as a religious leader the emperor is called tenno
Japanese - the language (usually considered to be Altaic) spoken by the Japanese
emperor - the male ruler of an empire
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It is situated in the bay of Yeddo, and at but a short distance from that second capital of the Japanese Empire, and the residence of the Tycoon, the civil Emperor, before the Mikado, the spiritual Emperor, absorbed his office in his own.
     When the great Gichi-Kuktai was Mikado he condemned to
     "Let him be brought before me," said the Mikado to an
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The shows in this year's repertoire are three of the best known Gilbert and Sullivan works - The Mikado, The Gondoliers and HMS Pinafore which will be staged during a week of performances at the Pavilion Theatre Rhyl on October 5-10.
HMS Pinafore comes to the New Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 21 and 22, followed by The Mikado from Thursday to Saturday, October 22 to 24.
HMS Pinafore will be at the New Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday (October 20 and 21), followed by The Mikado from Thursday to Saturday (October 22 to 24).
The Mikado runs until Saturday at the Hanover Street theatre.
THE Mikado is one of the most performed comic operas in the world, a massive, enduring hit for both professional and amateur companies.
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GOSFORTH Musical Society presents a traditional production of the Mikado with refreshing touches next week, full of the customary gentleman of Japan and three little maids that everyone knows.